PhD position in machine learning, University of Helsinki, Finland

PhD position in machine learning, University of Helsinki, Finland

Posted by Rebecca Martin on Mon, 08/07/2013 - 11:39

The Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and the Department of Computer Science are offering a fully-funded position for


at University of Helsinki, Finland. The candidate will be working on a long-term project titled "Traces of Information: Intelligence from fragmented data" with Academy Research Fellow Arto Klami, as part of the Complex Systems Computation (CoSCo) group (

The project develops novel Bayesian machine learning tools for integrated analysis and understanding of complex and fragmented data sources, to extract useful information seen only by combining the sources. A prototypical scenario would be to understand the daily actions of a person or the behavior of a community by jointly modeling their social media output, spatiotemporal data recorded by mobile devices and public transportation systems, and other available public and private data sources. The PhD student will work on the core machine learning challenge of learning how to combine these sources that do not come with direct associations between the different streams.

Successful applicant should have a Master's degree or equivalent qualification in computer science, statistics, mathematics, or other related field. Strong mathematical background and interest in conducting research on probabilistic modeling and machine learning is required, as well as knowledge of some numerical programming language (R/Matlab/Python). Prior experience with machine learning and Bayesian models, in particular nonparametric Bayesian modeling, is considered a strong asset.

The monthly salary will be based on rules of the salary system applied in Finnish universities, and can currently range between 1 944,69 and 3
558,31 euros. Funding is provided for the duration of whole PhD, with initial contract for three years and starting date in fall 2013.

The applicants are requested to enclose with their application a CV, a transcript of studies / copy of degree certificate, and a motivation letter describing the applicant’s interest to the subject. Applications should be addressed to the Department of Computer Science at rekry.toi(at) The closing date for applications is Monday
12 August 2013 at 15.45 local Helsinki time.

Further information may be obtained from the project leader Arto Klami ( The full announcement is available in

The Department of Computer Science ( at the University of Helsinki is the leading Finnish research and education institute in its field. The Department's research and teaching focus on
1) algorithms and machine learning, 2) networks and services as well as
3) software systems. The Department has three Finnish centres of excellence funded by the Academy of Finland and cooperates closely in research projects with the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT ( The Department is also one of ten Finnish centres of excellence in university education. The Department has a staff of 170 and an overall budget of EUR 11 million. Its research infrastructure is excellent, including its own 1960-core computing cluster.